Bodily Injury Lawyer in Hollywood
What is a Bodily Injury and What are the Damages? Help from our Hollywood Lawyer
Bodily injuries are brain injuries, broken bones, nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, and other personal injuries. These injuries are often life-altering and can be catastrophic. Worse, they are often caused due to careless negligence of another person, party, or government entire. This means these injuries are often needless and preventable. In these cases, the injured person may be entitled to damages. Under Florida law, damages are defined as the measure of relief that may be obtained by the victim. Damages, usually in monetary form, can include:
- Past pain and suffering from the date of the accident to the settlement or award from a jury, judge, or arbitrator
- Future pain and suffering from the date of settlement or award to the estimated end of the life
- Medical bills, past and reasonably proven future expenses including medication expenses
- Home or vehicle modifications or equipment including ramps, lifts, wheelchairs, canes, or specialized equipment such bed cranes/lifts
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium, which are relations with a spouse, enjoyment of time with family members like spouses, children, parents, siblings, and other individuals
- Lost wages due to accident, being at home recovering, or doctor’s appointments including physical therapy
- Lost future earnings if unable to work in the same line of work after the accident, a victim may be entitled to the difference in the old salary and the lower, new salary
- Punitive damages in rare cases where a defendant’s conduct was outrageous and needs to be punished to deter future misconduct
Our lawyer at Schlacter law may be able to obtain for you other damages that were proximately caused by the defendant’s negligence or intentional conduct harming you or a family member. Additionally, if an accident caused the wrongful death of a loved one, the victim’s family may be able to obtain further damages, such as for burial costs, funeral expenses, and emergency treatment at a hospital. Our Hollywood bodily injury lawyer will help you discover what you may be entitled to under Florida law to ensure that you recover the compensation that you and your family deserve. We offer a FREE consultation to learn your rights, so please do not hesitate to call us today by dialing (305) 999-1111.
What Are Some of the Types of Bodily Injury Recognized in Florida?
Severe and catastrophic injuries caused by another should always be brought to a lawyer for review. Because some damages often result in permanent lifestyle changes or a lifetime suffering, a lawyer can at least help you receive compensation to increase comfort and support for your losses. This includes fighting for money that you will need in the future including for future surgeries, treatment, and even around-the-clock nursing care and treatment. Some of the common catastrophic and bodily injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) including concussions, contusions, brain bleeds, or any other TBIs
- Nerve damage including brachial plexus damages or facial nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) including paraplegia, monoplegia, quadriplegia, or any other SCIs
- Amputations or loss of limbs especially for major limbs like a leg or arm
- Torn ligaments, torn tendons, or torn muscles including in the knee or shoulder
- Broken or fractured bones
- Birth injuries especially cerebral palsy or kernicterus
- Infections including sepsis which can be life-threatening and result in amputations or the wrongful death of a victim
- Organ damage such as a lung contusion, heart damage, kidney injury, or liver damage
- Loss of eyesight including full blindness
- Hearing loss including permanent ringing in the ears
- Psychological harm including anxiety, depression, or suicide attempts
Any other bodily injury caused by another person, business, or government entity should also be reviewed by a Hollywood bodily injury lawyer especially since some injuries do not often present their full severity at the onset of the accident or occurrence. This means that a lawyer should get involved right away in case the injury worsens to ensure that your claim is properly supplemented and supported to get the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to under Florida law.
What Causes Catastrophic and Serious Bodily Injury?
A lawsuit involving bodily injury could stem from many different causes. Most of these causes are preventable. This means that most types of bodily injury claims are causing needless harm to a victim and his or her family. A few of the causes that our Hollywood bodily injury lawyer can help you with include:
- Medical malpractice including birth injuries
- Nursing home abuse, neglect, or malpractice
- Slip or trip fall accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Boating accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Airplane incidents
- Trucking wrecks
- Dog bites or animal attacks
- Product defects
- Pedestrian knockdowns or hit by a car
- Bicyclist collisions
- Assaults and crime
Any other causes resulting in damages should also be reviewed by our lawyer here at Schlacter Law. We can help you recover what Florida law may allow victims and their families.
What Happens if I am at Partial Fault?
Florida is a comparative fault state. For those who have suffered injuries due to careless or negligent acts of another but believe they may exhibit some degree of fault, they may still be entitled to compensation for damages. A Hollywood bodily injury lawyer such as our lawyer at Schlacter Law is the best person to have on your side to help you fight the insurance companies who will attempt to place total blame on you.
In fact, some insurance companies may even lie to you to tell you that Florida is a contributory negligence state which means any partial fault could bar your claim. Other times an insurance company may even blame you entirely for the accident. But, in reality, you may still receive a percentage of your monetary claim as follows:
A case which recovers $100,000 but has a victim 30% at fault may be reduced to $70,000. This means that a victim can still recover a large portion of compensation for medical bills and lost wages as well as pain and suffering. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer to protect this right to compensation.
When Should I Contact a Lawyer and File a Claim?
You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. After an accident resulting in bodily injury, you have a certain time frame in which to contact your lawyer and file a claim. This is called the statute of limitations , and Florida prescribes their particular time frame for cases in their state. If you do not make a claim in time, even a valid case could be thrown out from the courts due to passing the statute of limitations. Our Hollywood bodily injury lawyer will help you navigate Florida law in order to protect you, so do not delay in reaching out.
It’s Time to Fight Back With Schlacter Law
Our Hollywood bodily injury lawyer is here to help you if you or a loved one has suffered severe or catastrophic bodily injuries due to the careless acts of another. Schlacter Law will help you to fight for your rights to compensation for all that you have endured, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We stand up to aggressive and sometimes even unethical insurance adjusters and companies that will not properly pay your claim. Call (305) 999-1111 for a FREE consultation and get started with Schlacter Law today.
How We Handle Cases
- Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
- You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
- Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
- Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
- If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
- At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a bodily injury claim in Florida?
Most claims are four years from the date of the injury, including car accidents, truck wrecks, dog bites, assault and battery, rape, construction site accidents, and other types of similar claims. However, medical malpractice cases are two years from the date the medical malpractice was discovered or should have been discovered. Wrongful death cases are also two years from the date of the death of the victim. Always ask our lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected because the failure to file a timely claim can result in it being dismissed.
Can I file a bodily injury claim when I still need future surgery or treatment?
Yes, and that is very common. Your lawyer will be able to supplement your injury and damages claim as your treatment progresses. Expert witnesses and your treating physicians can also testify in court or in an affidavit what surgeries and treatment you are likely to still need. This allows your lawyer to file a claim when you need the money the most but without foreclosing on a victim’s rights to greater damages as treatment continues.
How much does a bodily injury lawyer cost?
At Schlacter Law, we do not cost any money for a case review or to start working on your case. Rather, we accept cases on a contingency fee agreement. This means we only get paid a percentage of what we recover for you in a settlement or court award. This allows victims to keep as much money as possible in their pockets now to pay for medical bills and lost wages while we fight for reimbursement of those expenses and the bigger compensation from pain and suffering.